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Company/Organization: UNOPS


Background information - UNOPS

UNOPS mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner.

Within these three core areas of expertise, UNOPS provides its partners with advisory, implementation and transactional services, with projects ranging from building schools and hospitals, to procuring goods and services and training local personnel.

UNOPS works closely with governments and communities to ensure increased economic, social and environmental sustainability for the projects we support, with a focus on developing national capacity.

Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices in development, humanitarian and peacebuilding contexts, always satisfying or surpassing partner expectations.

We employ more than 6,000 personnel and on behalf of our partners create thousands more work opportunities in local communities. Through our headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark and a network of offices, we oversee activities in more than 80 countries.

UNOPS is committed to achieving a truly diverse workforce.

Background information - SPPG

The Sustainable Procurement Practice Group (SPPG) at UNOPS leads the organization’s sustainable procurement practice and is responsible for all matters of organizational development in procurement and supply chain management. It is responsible for developing procurement strategies, policies, and processes. SPPG provides authoritative guidance and procurement advice. It enables oversight and develops procurement and supply chain knowledge networks and training tools to strengthen skills in public procurement while advancing sustainable practices.

The Sustainability team at SPPG is responsible for strategy development and implementation of sustainable procurement at UNOPS. The team acts as a think tank for sustainable procurement within UNOPS, formulating and articulating sustainable procurement policy, ensuring the roll-out of sustainable procurement practices at UNOPS, and contributing to the overall sustainability programme and strategy at UNOPS.

Background information - Job specific

UNOPS is looking for up to two interns to support the procurement practice in various activities in the area of sustainability and sustainable procurement. The intern will work in close collaboration with various stakeholders of the Sustainable Procurement Practice Group and other business units of UNOPS.

The intern will be assigned a peer at UNOPS who will be responsible for the successful induction of the intern at UNOPS. The SPPG team rotation policy applies, i.e. the intern may have the possibility to take stages in different teams of SPPG, depending on his or her skill set and the duration of the internship.

Functional responsibilities

UNOPS is looking for up to two interns to assume duties related to and in support of the work programme of the Sustainability Team. This may comprise, but is not limited to, the following:

Support the development and roll out of a supplier diversity programme initially focused on women-owned businesses

Develop and maintain a library of UNOPS sustainable procurement cases

Support the development of the team’s outreach material and publications

Support the preparation of the yearly UNOPS greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions report, which provides details on all GHG emissions of UNOPS operations

Support for various training activities

Undertake a comprehensive revision of the UNOPS SPPG intranet website

Assist in analyzing data for the Global Compact report in the UN Annual Statistical Report

Perform other related duties as required.

Specific deliverables will be agreed upon based on the qualifications and skills of selected candidate together with the Deputy Director, SPPG.



Offers new and / or different feasible solutions to problems/client needs
Checks accuracy of output produced so that it is as per established quality standards
Consistently delivers on current assignments in order to take up new ones
Sets daily, weekly, and monthly, goals and monitors progress
Ensures timely and consistent follow up on projects
Is aware about self-development and identifies ways to enhance competencies
Consistently delivers accurate, clear and concise messages in written or oral form
Always works with others to accomplish goals / tasks
Seeks fast and specific feedback from superiors
Responds positively to critical feedback and differing points of view
Is able to relate to people form diverse backgrounds and cultures

Education/Experience/Language requirements

To be eligible to apply for this internship you need:
Either be currently studying towards a Bachelor, a Master degree or Doctoral Degree in International Policy Development Studies, Economics, Business, Environmental Management or a related subject; or have completed a University degree within the past 3 years.
A good understanding of procurement processes, in particular of the public sector.
Expertise in one of these areas considered an asset: Sustainability, Corporate Social Responsibility, Environmental Management or equivalent.
Excellent computer skills, in particular substantial expertise with Word, PowerPoint and Excel.
Fluency in English; working knowledge of any additional UN language is an asset.
Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: Internship contract

Contract duration: 6 months
Expected start date: February 2014

Start Date:

1 February 2014

End Date:

15 January 2014, 31 July 2014

2 January 2014
Additional Info:
Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time (CET)
Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.
For more information on UNOPS internships, please visit: http://www.unops.org/english/whoweneed/Pages/Internships.aspx
Interns at UNOPS do not receive any remuneration. As such, interns are responsible for all costs associated with the internship, including but not limited to costs for insurance coverage, travel and accommodation. However UNOPS will reimburse up to 750 USD of expenses on a monthly basis.
Interns are responsible for arranging their own travel and securing any necessary visas.
We strongly recommend that you attach a CV and a motivation letter to your application.
Sustainability    Sustainable  procurement    Gender    Supplier  diversity    Supply  chain 
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UNOPS plays a critical role in providing management services for our life-saving, peacebuilding, humanitarian and development operations. I have seen many examples of how these activities help suffering people in troubled parts of the world. UNOPS is setting countries on course to a more stable future by helping them to
build roads, schools and clinics, to remove landmines, to prepare for democratic elections and much else besides” Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary General

By assisting UN organizations, international financial institutions, governments and non-governmental organizations, UNOPS makes significant, tangible contributions to results on the ground.

Our mission

UNOPS mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner.
Our vision

Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments UNOPS vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices in development, humanitarian and peacebuilding contexts, always satisfying or surpassing partner expectations.

The UNOPS team

UNOPS employs almost 6,000 personnel annually and on behalf of its partners creates thousands more work opportunities in local communities. With its headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark, and a network of regional and country offices, UNOPS oversees activities in more than 80 countries.

To learn more about UNOPS and our work, visit www.unops.org. Or, subscribe to our newsletter to keep up to date with UNOPS case studies, vacancies and best practice examples: http://bit.ly/HPtGeP

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Marmorvej 51, PO Box 2695
Copenhagen, Denmark 2100

Phone: +4545337658
Email:  sustainable.procurement@unops.org
Website:  UNOPS

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